Jennifer Hansen's Premier Dance Academy


class list

We offer all phases of dance from the beginner through pre-professional level. Take a look at our full class list below. We recommend that all beginner through intermediate level dancers take a minimum of 1 – 1 1/2 hour class twice per week. Intermediate through advanced level students are encouraged to

take a minimum of 2 1/2 – 3 hours of class per week in order to maintain their skill level and to continue to advance in their overall technique. All students proceed to the next level on an individual basis depending on their ability, attendance and attitude.

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Beauty, flow and elegance are inherent in the elements of ballet. Ballet is the classical dance form that can be mastered by itself or used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.

Classes are offered to students in all levels. Because Ballet is the base and most important building block of all great dancers, we encourage all of our students to study the “foundation discipline of all dance”. In addition to the classical ballet technique, these classes develop poise, grace and proper body carriage.

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An exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday. Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music.

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Contemporary movement combines modern, ballet, and has a strong connection with the mind and body. The important dynamics of contemporary dance is through the energy and expression of the movement. Some of the movement can become expressive through story telling choreography routines while other pieces are created differently with strategic moves. Contemporary classes are offered to the Beginner through the Advanced/Pre-Professional levels.

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Modern dance is a contemporary dance form that has its roots in ballet.  It emphasizes the use of the floor for centering and grounding oneself in movement. This class focuses on the breath (inhale/exhale), which brings quality to one’s movement. Concepts of overcurve/undercurve, contraction/release, musicality and rhythm are explored. Teachers incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and post-modern movement into their classes.

Classes are offered to those students who have reached the Intermediate level of ballet training.  These classes are taught with emphasis on the Graham and Limón techniques, which develop the flexibility and strength of the body as well as demonstrating the interesting and fine skill of the modern style.

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The Kinder program is offered to all students 3-4 years of age.  This class is a combination of Pre-Ballet, creative movement and Tap. Class encourages free expression, while teaching basic elements of dance, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness and shape. The child’s imagination and self-esteem are encouraged and strengthened through dance.


Children will dance and move in a stimulating environment focused on creativity, group interaction and the joy of self-expression.  We offer convenient Weekday and Saturday classes to fit your schedule.  This class develops rhythm, creative ability, motor skills and coordination as well as an introduction to basic dance technique. Classes meet once a week September through May.

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The Combo program  is offered to all students 5-6 years of age. This class is a combination of Pre-Ballet and Classical Jazz.  Class encourages free expression, while teaching basic elements of dance, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness and shape. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination, self-expression and group interaction while being introduced to the basic ballet movement, classical jazz and music concepts.  We offer convenient Weekday and Saturday classes to fit your schedule.  This class develops rhythm, creative ability, motor skills and coordination as well as an introduction to basic dance technique. Combo classes are planned to introduce students to the more advanced basic disciplines before they enter the higher more specialized and individual class levels. Classes meet once a week September through May.

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Hip Hop

A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers.  Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin', locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style.  Hip hop is urban, it’s street, it’s diverse and forever changing. Please do not wear street shoes into class.

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Pointe work is the epitome of all young ballerinas. This strenuous discipline is introduced in the Intermediate ballet level.  Only those students who take 2 weekly ballet classes and are found to be qualified by their teacher may participate.

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Acrobatic classes (tumbling) help to develop strength, gymnastic skills, endurance and flexibility. They are offered to students who are 5 years of age or older.  In addition to their Acro class, students MUST be enrolled in an additional “dance class” to help with their dance ability, coordination and overall progress.

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Lyrical is ballet based movement that breaks the bonds of classical shapes and allows the body to flow with the rhythm of the music. Its' subtle freedom expresses emotion through the musicality and dynamics which passes through the dancers body as their own interpretation. Lyrical movement is originally choreographed to slower tempo's but can also be upbeat like jazz, pop, and contemporary. These classes are offered to the Beginner through the Advanced/Pre-Professional levels.

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Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound.  Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Just like jazz vocalists who add rhythms to music by scatting, tappers add their voice by “scatting” with their feet. Rhythm tap tends to be a heavier or harder-hitting form of tap than Broadway tap, and sounds are made not only with the bottom of the shoe, but also with the back, sides, and tip. Rhythm tap is a broad category that encompasses the hoofing styles of current stars such as Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines and past masters such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Jimmy Slyde.


Fall & Spring

Our Fall/Spring schedule begins on September 7, 2021 and ends on May 31, 2022.
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hours of operation (fall/spring)
Monday – Thursday 4:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Summer Intensive

Our 6 week Summer Intensive program starts on June 18-29 / July 9-20 / July 30-August 10
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monthly tuition 2012 - 2013
Hrs/Week Price/Month
1 $60
1.5 $80
2 $100
2.5 $118
3 $136
3.5 $154
4 $170
4.5 $186
5 $202
5.5 $216
6 $230
6.5 $244
7 $256
7.5 $268
8 or more $288
Company $325
Registration Fee

$30 per student or $45 per Family
Non-refundable or transferable

Family Discount

First child regular tuition
10% off for each additional child

Ensemble Dance Company

$325 per month
Unlimited Classes & Elite Company Training


Our 6 week Summer Dance Intensive is a fun and challenging program designed for students ages 3-18 in the Beginner to Intermediate-Advanced dance levels. Each day is a jam-packed non-stop dancing experience! Your dancer will come home both happy and exhausted. Because the dance curriculum is concentrated and consecutive, the majority of summer intensive dancers move up one to two class levels in the Fall.

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Our Summer Intensive courses include Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Improv, Movement, Hip Hop, Salsa, Technique, Across The Floor, Yoga, Stretch & Strength, and Turns/Jumps/Leaps for students in the Intermediate to Advanced levels. Kinder and Combo levels meet twice a week for 1 - 2 hrs, while other levels meet Monday-Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm. This program is a great way for students to advance their skill level, stay in shape, and of course have fun during the summer.

  • 6 Super Fun Filled Weeks!
  • All dance disciplines are taught according to age & ability
  • Dancers may register for any 2-3-4-5 or all 6 week sessions
  • “Bring A Friend Day” every Thursday – space permitting
  • Register Early to Receive our Super Saver and Buddy Rates
  • Discounts given for families and multiple sessions
Call us at (801)878-9330 for a complete Summer Intensive Brochure


Take your dance skills to the next level. Participate in nationwide competitions and be part of an unforgettable experience. Being a part of our Ensemble Dance Company (EDC) will not only give you great memories, but it will also give you a chance to meet great friends along the way.

Our dancers’ passion radiates with every step they take. They are able to accomplish this with their in depth training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop. EDC members are dedicated and committed to their art. We not only train you technically, but we help dancers become stronger performers.

Our goal is to instill in our students the understanding of what dance is truly meant to be, an unveiling of the senses through beautifully executed movement. The Ensemble Dance Company is a collaboration of many things. It’s imagination, innovation, inspiration and the VIP invitation into our dance training world.

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Our well organized and well run Recital is an integral part of the students’ dance education.  Presented in a professional theatre and setting, it provides an additional extension of the benefits derived from Dance & Theatre Arts training. As part of their participation in the show, the students learn cooperation, to feel comfortable in front of an audience, stage presence, to take direction, to overcome shyness and to project their individual personalities. The Recital, a most enjoyable event, is the culmination of the students’ hard work and affords them the opportunity to perform and be a “star” on a professional stage while learning the thrills, inner workings, excitement and magic of live theatre.

Recital Venue

University Of Utah
Marriott Center For Dance

330 S 1500 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Please view our calendar for recital rehearsals and performances. For ticket sales, please contact us
at 801-878-9330

our mission

At P.D.A. our mission is to help all our students grow and mature into confident, capable young adults; whether they take one class for fun and physical well-being or take many classes to achieve peak performance level. We believe the discipline and character development that go along with quality dance instruction will be a benefit wherever life may take them. The ability to understand and apply constructive criticism, value hard-earned praise, and to strive every day to be better

than they were yesterday will help them succeed in all areas of life. We encourage independence, creativity, and communication. We like to hear directly from each and every student about their goals, passions, and concerns regarding their classroom and performance experience. By fostering individual communication and success we also ensure the success of the group and the studio as a whole.

artistic staff

About the Founder

Jennifer C. Hansen was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received the largest part of her training from the Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella. At the age of 9, Ms. Cardenas at the time, began

attending Fine Arts Schools in Miami and then graduated from New World School of the Arts High School. Her professional career began at the age of 15. She was invited to perform in “Juegos del Arte” under the direction of Fernando Bujones. She has danced and received scholarships to vigorously train with the American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Southern Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and Utah Ballet.

Ms. Cardenas danced with Utah Ballet for five years and obtained both her Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree within that time. She toured with the company to

perform in Taiwan and Maryland. In 2002, Ms. Cardenas performed in the Winter Olympics as a “Fire and Ice Dancer.” In 2003, she was a dancer for the new “Truth” commercial choreographed by Bonnie Story and cast to dance for the television series “Everwood” in 2004. Within that year, Ms. Cardenas was a dancer for the Utah Opera’s “Aida.” She then graduated with her Masters Degree in 2005 and joined Utah Regional Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge.

Mrs. Hansen now, has been invited annually to teach Salsa classes at the University of Utah Performing Arts Camp. Continue Reading.

About the Founder

Throughout her career, she has instructed and choreographed for numerous renowned dance studios, academic art schools and universities within the United States. Mrs. Hansen excels in motivating and working with students of all ages. It brings her great joy to see many of her former students achieve their goals in becoming professional artists. Her students have been accepted into prestigious colleges, phenomenal dance companies, and have won a title on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

After dancing professionally for 12 years, Mrs. Hansen retired in 2007. She has received numerous awards for her innovative and creative choreography. Her students are always recognized as having a superior level of dance technique, poise, and stage presence. Throughout her years of teaching, Mrs. Hansen’s students have earned national, regional and state titles. Several of her dance routines have received national recognition for Overall High Scores and Excellence. Mrs. Hansen’s dream of one day owning a dance studio and directing a pre-professional company has become a reality. Jennifer Hansen’s Premier Dance Academy is the official school for the Ensemble Dance Company. She has devoted herself to assemble a studio of excellence and dedication to the ideal of quality in dance education.

Meet Our Talented Instructors

Elizabeth Keel

Elizabeth Keel

Elizabeth Keel received her classical ballet training from the Ballet West Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and School of American Ballet in New York City. She has performed with Utah Ballet, Ballet West, BYU Theatre Ballet, and Utah Regional Ballet companies. She retired from performing in 2004 after graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University.

Michelle Harwood

Michelle Harwood

Michelle Harwood has choreographed and/or performed for Tap Dogs Rebooted, Odyssey Dance Theatre, The University of Utah Ballet Department, Coca Cola, Touched By An Angel, Mountain Dew, Toyota, The Venetian, Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance World Congress, NBA Half Time Shows, and at a multitude of dance studios throughout the U.S. She was a Workshop Director for TAMJAMS, the original in-studio convention, and enjoyed teaching for the convention American Dance Projekt. Michelle loves teaching summer intensive workshops where strong relationships are developed with dedicated, hard-working dancers. Teaching for Dance Utah, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, American Dance Training Camp, Dansummer, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Academy of Dance Arts, and Idaho Dance Arts Alliance are summer workshop highlights. Michelle is excited to work with the passionate dancers at Premier Dance Academy and has missed them tremendously during her time away. Michelle is currently pursuing her Masters of Mental Heath Counseling and looks forward to incorporating dance and movement into her therapy practice in the future. Come prepared to dive into your soul and accept every wonderful ounce of yourself in her modern dance classes this summer and during the 2012-2013 training season at Premier Dance Academy!

Roger Malaga

Roger Malaga

Roger Malaga (Professional hip hop dancer and choreog-rapher) was the principal dancer in the films “High School Musical 1”, “High School Musical 2”, “High School Musical 3”, “Legally Blonde 2”, and “Paradise.” He has worked with Disney, MGM, and Showtime. Roger has danced in routines choreographed by Alex Mango, Dave Scott, Lisette Bustamonte, Chonigue Sneed, Justin Wright, and Kevin Maher. He has also danced in routines by the choreographers and dancers of Justin Timberlake, B2k, P Diddy, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Jay Z. Roger has choreographed for the “Taste of the Nation” and “Alphagraphics” commercials. In 2002, he was a dancer for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Roger acted and had speaking roles in the television series “Everwood” and “Dodge Trucks.” He was the principal dancer in “Peter Pan the Musical” under the direction of Terrill Atkins. Roger has had supporting roles in “The Mouse Trap” and “The Wool Gatherers” directed by Dr. Corey Tuckness. He assisted Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story in “High School Musical 2” auditions in St. George, Utah and has choreographed and judged for the NBA dancer auditions. Roger was a member of the “Mizbehavin” hip hop group for 3 years and a member of professional break dance group “F.B.I.” for 4 years. Roger has extensive training in break dance, hip hop, funk, capoeria (Brazilian dance fighting), kung fu, and Latin ballroom.

Jennifer Wilcox

Jennifer Wilcox

Hoping to find a constructive way to expend Jennifer’s seemingly vast stores of energy, her parents enrolled her in tumbling and dance at an early age. Jennifer’s love of tumbling soon led to gymnastics lessons where she advanced quickly excelling in floor, bars and beam. Jennifer’s teenage years were spent at the gym, (both teaching, and taking gymnastics), the dance studio, or cheer practice. Her hours of hard work were rewarded with both state and national titles in individual and team competitions.

Jennifer has taught gymnastics and tumbling for Davis County School District. She has also taught tumbling, modern dance, jazz and pre ballet for various dance studios along the Wasatch Front, and worked as a freelance tumbling coach for many school cheer squads and dance teams.

Jennifer is a stickler proper technique and beautiful form and lines! She loves teaching and watching her student’s progress. It brings her great joy to see her student’s strength, ability and self-confidence grow. Jennifer is thrilled to be part of the PDA family!

Shannon Wixom

Shannon Wixom

Shannon Wixom began her gymnastics and dance training at the age of 6 in California where she grew up. While in high school she trained and learned to coach gymnastics at Cuesta Junior College for 2 years. Also during that time, Shannon started her own dance and gymnastics studio where she fell in love teaching young children to dance and tumble. She moved to Utah to continue her education in Athletic Training. She joined the BYU International Folk Dancing Team and coached level 3 and 4 gymnasts at Utah Academy of Gymnastics. A few years ago, after taking many years off to raise her 5 kids, she had the opportunity to start teaching again at Jennifer Hansen's Premier Dance Academy. Shannon enjoys seeing the excitement on her student's face when they perform a certain trick or move on their own.

Sarah Gonsur

Sarah Gonsur

Sarah Gonsur began her classical ballet training at age 8. Throughout her career, she has had experience in many different dance forms including tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop and character dance. She performed in The Nutcracker ballet with Ballet West and Mountain West Ballet Companies. At age 15, she participated in the summer intensive workshop at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She has also taken classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York and the San Francisco City Ballet. Ms. Gonsur received the Dance Sterling Scholar Award at Jordan High School where she was an officer and member of the dance company. While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, she danced with the University of Utah’s Crimson Line dance team for 3 years where she served as an officer. She has performed at DisneyLand, DisneyWorld and in the Salt Lake Olympics Closing Ceremonies.

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson began training at age 6 at Tracy's Dance Academy. In 2007, she became a part of Jennifer Hansen's Premier Dance Academy, training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, tap, jazz, flamenco and lyrical. Jessica was a member of the Ensemble Dance Company for 3 years. She danced with Brighton high schools dance company for a year and was able to take master classes from Repertory Dance Theatre, and Ririe Woodbury. In 2010, Jessica continued her modern and tap training at Brigham Young University. She danced with BYU's “DancEnsemble” for the fall semesters of 2010 and 2011, and was a part of “The Heloise Crista” project. She has trained under Donald McKalye, Nikolais Dance Theater, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Jessica was also a member of BYU's tap company, “Foot Poetry.” She is currently studying Exercise and Wellness at BYU with a minor in dance. Jessica is looking forward to continuing her teaching experience at Jennifer Hansen's Premier Dance Academy.

Chase Wise

Chase Wise

Chase currently dances professionally with six time award wining dance company, Odyssey Dance Theater. He most recently traveled, for his second time, with Odyssey Dance Theatre for their tour in Europe, where he danced the part of Romeo's cousin, Benvolio, in "Romeo and Juliet: One Funky Tale." His love for dance started with hip hop, and has grown from there. Throughout his training he has had the pleasure of working with multiple independent film producers and other directors in small dance films. His enthusiasm for dance has also taken him throughout the state to teach multiple styles of dance to students of all ages and skill levels. "Seeing the progression of a dancer is the most rewarding moment of teaching." Chase has had opportunities to work as a professional dancer both in a company setting as well as in the commercial industry. Chase is thankful for every moment given to teach, dance or experience the art of movement.

Dayna Marshall

Dayna Marshall

Dayna Marshall started dancing in Sandy, UT at the age of 4. She graduated with a BFA in Ballet/Performance from the University of Utah and received the William F. Christensen scholarship during her freshman year. Dayna performed with Utah Ballet for 3 years, where she danced many lead roles. She has also earned many awards and scholarships in jazz competitions and conventions, including an L.A. Agent Award with DDO Artists Agency. Dayna has been teaching ballet and jazz for seven years and is currently dancing with Odyssey Dance Theatre.

Missy Seawright

Missy Seawright

Missy Seawright graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance emphasis Ballet from Utah Valley University, Cum Laude. She is currently working on her 2nd bachelors in Dance Education. She is also STOTT PILATES® certified in Matwork and Reformer and working toward her full certification as well as Zumba® certified. Missy received a performance scholarship for Repertory Ballet Ensemble and been on Synergy Dance Company at UVU. She has studied with Ballet West and Utah Regional Ballet during summer intensives. She has also danced professionally with Legacy Dance Theater. She won an award for best emerging choreography in Utah Regional Ballet’s Choreography Design Project with her piece entitled “Adaptations”. Missy has been teaching ballet for over 4 years at various studios throughout Utah. She has also been on adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University teaching Dance Conditioning.

our facility

Jennifer Hansen's Premier Dance Academy is conveniently located at 1441 East and 9400 South in Sandy. Our state of the art building is just under 6000 square feet, providing all the needs from the beginner to pre-professional levels.

We have three oversized dance studios with observation windows, hardwood sprung floors with covered marley, a tumbling room, student lounge, and a dance shop for your convenience. Come see it in person! You'll be amazed!


To register your dancer, please come see us at the studio Monday — Thursday from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm, or on Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come by and check out our facility and meet some of our talented Instructors. We are more than happy to show you around. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Call us at 801.878.9330